To be completely honest, I used to think that artificial gardens were a little cheesy. Something about a plastic plant seems off to me. I've always thought that the real deal helps spruce things up and bring a little calm “zen” into a person's space.
Since Some Boy came along, however, the thought of gardening has been anything but zen. I had Opa build me this planter for our apartment balcony back when I was pregnant and feeling all crafty and life-affirming.
Since having my first baby six months ago, I've become anything but life-affirming. I don't have the energy to maintain life other than my own and Some Boy's. If I manage to get dinner on the table for Nate and myself, I call it a win. My once-gorgeous, burgeoning little garden space turned into a source of stress. It got to the point that I was looking out there every day and feeling a twinge of guilt over what had become the place where plants go to die.
Instead of adding more stress to my life and attempting to squeeze another to-do item (water plants) onto my already packed schedule of feeding-burping-changing the kid and researching-posting-emailing for marketing clients and blog sponsors, I decided to make my life easier. I had a topiary decoration laying around that I thrifted at Goodwill for $2 and figured I could use it as a focal point in a non-cheesy artificial garden. A quick trip to Walmart for some cedar bark and LED lights…presto! A pretty garden that I never have to think about again.
We used cedar bark as opposed to another choice because cedar discourages bugs from taking up shelter. You can read more about our choices and our experience buying garden supplies at Walmart over on Google +. We spent a grand total of $10 on supplies ($4 on bark, $3 each for the LED lights).
The coolest part is that at night, the LED lights automatically turn on and cast a cool glow out on the porch. Actually…scratch that. The part that's really the coolest is that my little artificial garden doesn't need to be watered. Ever.
Now THAT is zen.
My Walmart shop was compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.